Gretchen Heller graduated from The University
of Michigan, completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree
with distinction in honors English. She is a member
in several academic honor societies including
Phi Kappa Phi, and in 2002 was awarded the James
B. Angell Scholar Award for Academic Excellence.
While at the university, she pursued a double
major in English and Violin Performance, studying
with Andrew Jennings, and performed in many university
and local orchestras.
Heller was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida where she receive numerous local, state,
and national awards as a pianist, violinist, and
composer, as well as many academic honors. At
age eight, she composed Moods in C, which
was published in the October 1990 issue of Clavier’s
Piano Explorer and took first place in the Federation
of Music Club’s Junior Composers Contest.
Since then, her original compositions have earned
eight Federation awards, and three first place
awards in the Federation’s South East Regional
Composition Contests. In 1993, Heller wrote Silver
Ridge Rag which won the Lynn Freeman Olson
National Composition Contest. Silver Ridge
Rag was also selected for the National Federation
of Music Club's Junior Festival Bulletin for 1995-1997
as a required piece in the Elementary III Division.
At age 15, Heller wrote Ballad of the Matador
which was awarded state and southeast regional
prizes and was published by The FJH Music Company.
Ballad of the Matador was selected for
the National Federation’s Junior Festival Bulletin
for 2001-2003 as a required piece in the Moderately
Difficult III Class. Her newest work, Tale
of the Tempest, has just been released.
Heller plans to attend graduate school, and to
continue with her endeavors in composition and
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